Wednesday, November 23, 2005
November 23, 2005 7:43:16 PM IST
The Orissa Assembly today expressed concern over the shifting of the National Institute of Science(NIS) from Bhubaneswar to Kolkata and decided to constitute a House Committee to take up the issue.
The house committee comprising members from all political parties and headed by Speaker Maheswar Mohanty will meet the Prime Minister and Union Human Resource Development Minister in Delhi to oppose the shifting of the institute.
Orissa Assembly Deputy Speaker Prahallad Dora announced the decision to constitute a house committee after members cutting across party lines demanded an all party delegation to Delhi to put pressure on the centre not to shift the NIS.
Higher Education Minister Samir Dey even in his reply to the calling attention,favoured for an all party delegation to apprise the Primer Minister and the Union Human Resource Development Minister on the issue.
He said the Chief Minister had already written three letters to the Prime Minister requesting him not to shift the NIS to Kolkata.
The state government, Mr Dey said, had already earmarked 70 acres of land for the institute.
Biju Janata Dal(BJD) members Aswani Patra, Raghunath Mohanty and Pratap Jena while participating in the debate demanded that the state government should put pressure on the UPA government not to shift the institute to Kolkata and suggested an all party delegation or House Committee to take up the issue.
Sensing the mood of the house, Deputy Speaker Prahallad Dora who was on the chair said the House Committee earlier constituted to take up the development of Railways would go to Delhi on the NIS shifting issue.
But government chiefwhip Kishore Mohanty suggested a new house committee be set up for the purpose which was later accepted.
Orissa Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on November 11 last had stated that the shifting of the NIS would be a serious set back as the government had already selected the site for the Institute.
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